Cling film can be infuriating (why can’t I find the end; why do I always peel off just the wrong amount; why won’t it not stick to itself except when I actually want it to stick to itself. And so on, and so on).
But, of course, it can also be incredibly helpful at keeping things nice and fresh. Namely, keeping your skin nice and fresh.
A new book, The Japanese Skincare Revolution, says steaming your face under the cover of a cling film mask (with holes for your mouth, obviously), is the secret to younger, smoother and generally more beautiful skin.
It’s very simple: the heat of your body creates a sort of mini sauna, making pores open, and allowing any creams to reach a bit deeper, boosting your collagen (the bit that makes your skin young, smooth and beautiful).
Antonia Burrell, holistic skincare creator, commented: “This will work but be sure to leave or create holes for the nose and mouth so that you can breathe.
“The concept is not new though, as the 'old school' paraffin wax facials have the same effect. I have a heat mask that I use in my facials to create the same effect and can adjust the temperature according to the level of absorption, detoxification and increased blood circulation I want for the skin I'm working on.
“It's basically trapping moisture and warmth between the cling film and the skin so that the pores can open and excrete excess toxins and absorb whatever is on the skin more efficiently. Heat helps”
See, it works, too; older Japanese women do tend to look infinitely fresher than their Western counterparts.
Which makes you wonder: what other bits of kitchen equipment should you be incorporating into your beauty regime?
The bigger, better brother of cling film, tin foil isn’t only easier to administer, it also boasts an easy hair curling trick: twist sheets of tin foil into “wands” — the thinner they are, the tighter the curl – then wind sections of your hair around them, blast your hairdryer over them for up to five minutes to make the foil hot. When it’s cooled down, take it out, and there you go: perfect wavy hair.
Steaming is universally accepted as being good for your skin (for the pore-opening element mentioned above), but even if you don’t fancy the slightly terrifying cling film mask idea, you can still get the benefits thanks to a saucepan. Boil some water, stick your face over it. Done. (Disclaimer: be careful not to spill it, and don’t go too close).
An oldie but a goodie: a spoon left in the fridge for a few minutes, then placed on your eyelid is an instant way to reduce inflammation (or in other words, stop you looking like you’ve had two hour’s sleep).
The humble spoon isn’t ready to go back in the drawer just yet: Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr recently revealed she curls her eyelashes using the back of one. (But then she also reportedly dated Justin Bieber, so she might not have all the best advice).
It’s absorbent enough for your spilt orange juice, so why shouldn’t it be absorbent enough for drying your hair? So say many hair experts, who believe rubbing hair with a towel can often be too harsh, leaving you with a frizzy, split-ended mess. Instead, use some much softer kitchen towel to soak up excess water.
If you want to get rid of pesky cellulite, you could pay lots of money for a cream that won’t even work. Or, you could grab your rolling pin (and two other kitchen-based buddies). Wrap some coffee granules onto your skin with cling film, then use the rolling pin to push the antioxidant-ed tightening.